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    Probability and Truth in the Apology
    Philosophy and Literature 9 (2): 198-202. 1985.
    This article is a reply to an earlier piece by kenneth seeskin (philosophy and literature, 1982). I argue that socrates' defense is more of a parody of gorgian rhetoric than seeskin is willing to allow. They key lies in socrates' use of rhetoric to persuade the beliefs of the athenian jurors by means of probabilities. When replying to the expressed pretexts of the trial, He uses "base" rhetoric; when finally attending to the real reasons behind his accusations, He resorts to "the truth about his…Read more
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    Review: The science of conjecture (review)
    Mind 112 (447): 539-542. 2003.
  • Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Volume Iii (edited book)
    Oxford University Press UK. 2006.
    Table of Contents Note from the Editors 1. Deflating Descartes’ Causal Axiom, Tad Schmaltz 2. The Dustbin Theory of Mind: A Cartesian Legacy?, Lawrence Nolan and John Whipple 3. Is Descartes a Libertarian?, C. P. Ragland 4. The Scholastic Resources for Descartes’ Concept of God as Causa Sui, Richard Lee 5. Hobbesian Mechanics, Doug Jesseph 6. Locks, Schlocks, and Poisoned Peas: Boyle on Actual and Dispositive Qualities, Dan Kaufman 7. Atomism, Monism, and Causation in the Natural Philosophy of M…Read more
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    Spinoza on Lying and Suicide
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2): 257-278. 2016.
    Spinoza is often taken to claim that suicide is never a rational act, that a ‘free’ person acting by the guidance of reason will never terminate his/her own existence. Spinoza also defends the prima facie counterintuitive claim that the rational person will never act dishonestly. This second claim can, in fact, be justified when Spinoza's moral psychology and account of motivation are properly understood. Moreover, making sense of the free man's exception-less honesty in this way also helps to c…Read more
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    Pierre-Francois Moreau, Spinoza: L'experience et l'eternite
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 143-144. 1996.
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    5. Spinoza in the Garden of Good and Evil
    In Michael J. Latzer & Elmar J. Kremer (eds.), The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Toronto Press. pp. 66-80. 2001.
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    Descartes's Dualism
    with Gordon Baker and Katherine Morris
    Philosophical Books 38 (3): 157-169. 1997.
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    In the not too distant past, it was common to treat Hume's skeptical doubts regarding the justification of our beliefs in causal connections—understood as necessary connections between objects or events—as having appeared per conceptionem immaculatam in his post-Cartesian mind. Thanks to recent efforts by scholars in early modern philosophy, however, we are now more informed about the roots of Hume's conclusions in Cartesian thought itself, especially the influence of Malebranche and his argumen…Read more
  • Theo Verbeek: Spinoza's Theological-political Treatise: Exploringthe Will of God'
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2): 347-349. 2003.
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    Nicolas Malebranche's account of the nature of ideas and their role in knowledge and perception has been greatly misunderstood by both his critics and commentators. In this work, Nadler examines Malebranche's theory of ideas and the doctrine of the vision in God with the aim of replacing the standard interpretation of Malebranche's account with a new reading. He argues that Malebranche's ideas should be seen as essences or logical concepts, and that our apprehension of them is thus of a purely i…Read more
  • Spinoza
    with Frans van Zetten and Margaret Gullan-Whur
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (3): 571-572. 2002.
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    Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume 2 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2005.
    Oxford University Press is proud to present the second volume in a new annual series, presenting a selection of the best current work in the history of philosophy. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy focuses on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - the extraordinary period of intellectual flourishing that begins, very roughly, with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. It will also publish papers on thinkers or movements outside of that framework, provided they are impo…Read more
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    The Breakdown of Cartesian Metaphysics
    International Studies in Philosophy 22 (3): 153-154. 1990.
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    Radical enlightenment
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (2). 2002.
    This Article does not have an abstract
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    Spinoza: L'expérience et l'éternité (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 143-145. 1996.
    BOOK REVIEWS 143 level of ignorance. I was, for example, surprised to learn that haecceitas is a compara- tively rare term in Scotus rather than signate matter. In his Introduction and Epilogue Gracia nicely counterbalances the tendency to- ward fragmentation stemming from the disparate accounts of individuality in the various thinkers represented in the volume. He does this, first, by highlighting for the reader the basic issues surrounding the problem of individuality, such as the concep- tion…Read more
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    The Jewish Spinoza
    Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (3): 491-510. 2009.
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    On Spinoza's 'Free Man'
    Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1 (1): 103-120. 2015.
    In this paper, I examine Spinoza's 'model of human nature' in the Ethics, and especially his notion of the 'free man'. I argue that, contrary to usual interpretations, the free man is not an individual without passions and inadequate ideas but rather an individual who is able consistently to live according to the guidance of reason. Therefore, it is not an impossible and unattainable ideal or incoherent concept, as has often been claimed, but a very realizable goal for the achievement of human w…Read more
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    Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2006.
    Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy focuses on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--the extraordinary period of intellectual flourishing that begins, very roughly, with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. It also publishes papers on thinkers or movements outside of that framework, provided they are important in illuminating early modern thought.
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    Descartes: An Intellectual Biography by Stephen Gaukroger
    Journal of Philosophy 93 (2): 101-104. 1996.
  • Consciousness Among the Cartesians
    Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2): 132-144. 2011.